Government Shutdown Begins Today

CaneRiverCreoleParkMany areas of the government are closed today and it’s affecting our area, as well.  Here’s what a partial government shutdown means for us:

The military will continue to fight and social security checks will continue to be paid.  Hundreds of thousands of federal civilian workers are furloughed and will not be paid during the shutdown.

If you need a federal loan to buy a house, you’ll have to wait.  If you want a gun permit or a passport, that won’t happen anytime soon.  National parks and museums will remain closed as the shutdown continues.

That includes the Creole National Heritage Park in our area; it’s one of the more than 400 national parks closed as of today.  This is the only federal park in Central Louisiana, near Natchitoches.  The U.S. Forestry Service is also closed as long as the government shutdown continues.

Meanwhile, at Fort Polk, some operations are reduced or curtailed.  The commissary is closed effective tomorrow.  The Army Community Service will cancel or postpone classes through October 11th.  The hospital will remain open.

KLAX ABC 31 News 10/1/13

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